Friday, August 28, 2009

DW '09 Season Preview: Tennessee Titans

Last Year: 13-3
Key Additions: WR Nate Washington, WR Kenny Britt

Offense: Kerry Collins returns as Quarterback and his job is to manage the offense as he did a year ago. Smash and Dash, Chris Johnson and LenDale White provide one of the top 1-2 punches in the game. LenDale dropped 30 pounds by staying off the Tequila, so we know he is focused, or at least sober. Nate Washington will join rookie Kenny Britt and Justin Gage as the outside threats. Bo Scaife and Alge Crumpler may contribute a catch or two from the TE position. The strength of this team is the offensive line.

Defense: The Titans play a strong cover 2 defense. A solid, yet injury prone front four will miss All-Pro Albert Haynesworth, who commanded double teams. OLB’s David Thornton and Keith Bulloch are strong against the pass and MLB Stephen Tulloch is strong against the run. It will also be interesting to see if the LB’s have the same kind of success without Haynesworth. The emergence of Cortland Finnegan has helped turn this unit into one the leagues elite.

Fantasy Studs: Chris Johnson: 1228 YDs, 9 TDs. Johnson will continue to get the bulk of the carries between the 20’s but may lose scores to LenDale. Johnson may be more of a factor in the passing game as a security blanket for Collins. LenDale White: 773YDs, 15 TDs.

Prediction: 8-8. Look for the Titans to come back to earth this season. Teams will focus on stopping the run and dare Collins to beat them. The Defense will miss Haynesworth.

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